An extraction is a medical term for removing a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are a relatively routine dental procedure, and more often than not, teeth are extracted with little intervention. The process is completed using efficient and pain-free methods.
Extractions are only necessary as a last resort when other restorative treatments have been excluded – this may be because a tooth is beyond repair by way of fillings, root treatments, or crowns, or sometimes teeth need to be removed because of chronic irreversible gum problems.
In most cases, it takes 3 to 4 days for residual soreness to cease. The length of time it takes to recover is dependent on the state of the surrounding tissue and effective aftercare. Over-the-counter pain medication should remedy any residual soreness.
All cases are treated individually, however, you should expect a detailed discussion to explain the procedure and any unlikely complications that may arise. You will be asked to sign a consent form. Once your consent is gained, and you understand what to expect, you will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area – this is generally in the form of small injections. You’ll then be given time to relax whilst waiting for the anaesthetic to take effect before your dentist checks that the area is numb. You may feel a little pressure whilst the tooth is removed but no sensation of pain.
We are pleased to offer the Enjoyable Dentistry Technique™, which is suitable for most of our patients. The Enjoyable Dentistry Technique™ involves sedation in the form of “Happy Air” (70% oxygen 30% nitrous oxide) – which will leave you feeling warm and relaxed, whilst we use mental imagery to help ease anxiety.Back to treatments
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